I got two helmets in my collection. Mk II came from italy, I bought it from guy which saved it in ´70 from scrap metal guys. I found name of previous owner - he is lying in Bologna cementary. Eagle is typical for 2nd Corps. No liner.
Dispatch rider came from enagland. Has to be in action because is repainted. Previous owner bought it on ´60 for less than £5 - I paid much more but I´m still happy with it!
[QUOTE=Marcin;224379]I got two helmets in my collection. Mk II came from italy, I bought it from guy which saved it in ´70 from scrap metal guys. I found name of previous owner - he is lying in Bologna cementary. Eagle is typical for 2nd Corps. No liner.
Nice example Marcin. Sometimes people question the presence of an eagle in yellow paint on 2 Corps helmets, saying that only white eagles were used. However, this is a good illustration of the use of yellow paint on a helmet from the Italian Campaign. I will post a few other examples when time permits.
Thank´s for nice words. Polish genuine helmets are almost impossible to find. I`m glad to have this two.
Yellow eagles - well, I think that most of the eagles in 2nd Corps were yellow. Ofcourse is hard to say because of black-white pictures. I never had problem with it bacuse there are so many patterns and colors, shades. We can´t forget - it was war, they used all what they could use
Waiting for another nice helmets!
My experience has been that you tend to see more white eagles on helmets of 2 Corps than yellow ones. And in my own collection, that has proven to be the case. But yellow eagles are not uncommon at all on 2 Corps helmets, and of course, they may even make up the majority of examples (just not in my own experience).
But I have had more than one spirited discussion with other collectors on the topic, where they maintain that 1 Corps is yellow and 2 Corps is white . So I would like to try to lay that misconception to rest.
Here's an example of a yellow eagle on a helmet of the Italian Campaign. This one sold on eBay a year or two ago but it's a nice example and it has been shown elsewhere on this forum.
I agree that are white and yellow eagles. One thing is more sure that 2nd Corps ones are not so nice in shape as 1st Corps. I mean, they are one piece stencil without any details like mine.
We will never know if was more yellow one´s or white. We can only base on helmets which are survived.